Skip to Main Content

New Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Program Available for Some Church Staff

Posted: September 26 2023 at 03:00 PM
Author: Victoria Rebeck

Churches and their staff may be interested to learn more about a new Illinois retirement savings program.

Piggy Bankcr

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act is a state-facilitated, mandated retirement savings program for employers that have five or more employees who are issued a W-2 and that do not already offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan. This mandate serves as a payroll function in which a local church deducts an employee’s elected contributions from their paycheck to contribute to a state-facilitated Roth IRA retirement savings program. Local churches that have fewer than five employees who receive a W-2 are exempt from participating in Illinois Secure Choice, as are local churches that sponsor a retirement plan for their employees.

Employees should visit the Illinois Secure Choice website for more information regarding making contribution elections or speak with their personal financial advisor. 

The Northern Illinois Conference provides these FAQs about the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, as prepared by the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

News & Announcements

Flowers Sympathy625x400 2a417 Copy

Sympathy Notice: Rev. Allen R. Campbell

Rev. Allen R Campbell, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Friday, November 10, 2023.  During his ministry he served Grace: Elgin; Peotone; Rochelle; and Mare…


NIC Church and Society Calls for Cease-Fire in Middle East

Northern Illinois Conference's Board of Church and Society joins the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and other faith groups and communities in cal…

Flowers Sympathy625x400 2a417 Copy

Sympathy Notice: Rev. Eugene L. Carter

Rev. Eugene L Carter, retired member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2023.


Apply for a Grant for Your Church’s Special Ministries

Looking for a bit of a financial boost to help get a ministry off the ground? Healthy churches look for ways to share God’s love with their neighbors in practical ways.…